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Guardsman Dies In Accident Preparing For Tenn-Tom Dedication

May 28, 1985

COLUMBUS, Miss. (AP) _ An Alabama National Guardsman working to set up a ribbon-cutting bridge for dedication ceremonies of the Tennessee-Tombigbee waterway was crushed to death in an accident.

Norman Arnold, spokesman for the Alabama Guard, identified the victim as Pvt. Lloyd D. Hayes, 20, of West Blocton, Ala.

Arnold said Hayes was on a boat pushing the temporary bridge into place about 5 p.m. Monday when other traffic on the waterway created a wake.

″As a result of the wake the boat came up out of the water″ and Hayes was thrown onto the bridge and then crushed, he said.

Hayes was a member of a Guard unit from Centreville, Ala., that was helping install the bridge for a dedication ceremony of the waterway planned for June 1.

The $2 billion waterway connects the Tennessee River in northeast Mississippi to the Gulf of Mexico at Mobile, Ala., through a 234-mile-long system of locks and canals along the Tombigbee River.

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